It has been revealed that former Celebrity Big Brother star Lauren Harrys has had brain surgery.
The 45-year-old TV star’s mother, Katy, took to Twitter on Friday to beg fans to “send prayers” as her daughter recovered from surgery.
Lauren rose to fame as a precocious 12-year-old antiques expert named James, appearing on the Antiques Roadshow and Wogan, before undergoing sex reassignment surgery in 2003
Her distraught mother wrote on Twitter: “Please pray or send good thoughts to my precious daughter Lauren @Laurenharries. Who recovers from emergency brain surgery today,” she shared on the platform.
When fans learned of the upsetting news, many rallied to send messages of support to the star, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
Ill Health: It has been revealed that former Celebrity Big Brother star Lauren Harries has had brain surgery
Prayers: The 45-year-old TV star’s mother, Katy (pictured with Lauren), took to Twitter on Friday to beg fans to ‘send prayers’ to Lauren as she recovered from surgery
“Send love and prayers to Lauren xxx,” one follower wrote, while others wished Lauren a speedy recovery.
The post was retweeted by Lauren’s official Twitter page, who actively tweeted on the page just three days earlier and liked tweets just 11 hours earlier.
While the cause of the surgery is not yet known, MailOnline has reached out to representatives for comment.
Many fans reached out with messages of support, with one writing, “I’m sorry to hear that, all the best.”
“Oh my god I’m sending all my thoughts and prayers xx,” another added.
Lauren is famously close with mom Katy, often remarking on how supportive she is, showering her numerous times throughout her career.
The former Celebrity Big Brother star was born James Charles Harrys in Surrey in 1978, the youngest of three children.
And famously appeared on the Antiques Roadshow and Wogan as a 12-year-old antiques expert.
The Welsh star has since built a TV career, even releasing a single in 2015, I Am A Woman.
Unknown: While the cause of the surgery is not yet known, MailOnline has reached out to representatives for comment
Best wishes: When fans learned of the upsetting news, many rallied to send their messages of support to the star, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013
Today, Lauren sells artwork through her website, with pieces ranging from £20 to £150.
She has talked about her before sex reassignment surgery in 2003, admitting it was “dangerous” at the time.
The television personality underwent the surgery, which converted the male anatomy to the female anatomy at the age of 23.
She told the Daily star“It’s a major operation and when I had it done all those years ago it was more dangerous because they didn’t know enough about it,” she said.
“It was said that if I had it done I would have a heart attack when I was 30 because my body wouldn’t be able to handle it.”
“For me it was like going to the kitchen, getting a vet, whoever, let’s get it done, at the time it cost me £20,000 but I think it was more then than it is now.”
Candid: Lauren underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2003 and has since spoken openly about the surgery — admitting it was “dangerous” at the time (pictured that year)